Can Substratum Decentralize the Internet?

Privacy-conscious Internet users are likely familiar with TOR, a free software that provides users with anonymous and private web browsing through a network of computer nodes. Privacy advocates have long sworn by it, citizens of countries with totalitarian or authoritarian governments stake their lives on it, and journalists have used it to break news stories or perform anonymous research while working on hard-to-break cases. It is a key element for facilitating trade on the dark web, with criminals and law enforcement personnel using it in their cat-and-mouse games.